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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Avatar: The Last Airbender - North and South, Part Two by Gene Luen Yang
Bird & Squirrel On Fire by James Burks
Bird & Squirrel on the Edge! by James Burks
Captain Coconut and the Case of the Missing Bananas by Anushka Ravishankar and Priya Sundram
Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
Dreadnought by April Daniels
Edible Numbers by Jennifer Vogel Bass
Extraordinary by Miriam Spitzer Franklin
Extreme Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm
Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang by Victoria J. Coe
The 52-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Giant Days, Volume 1 by John Allison
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
The Maypop Kidnapping by C. M. Surrisi
New Cat by Yangsook Choi
Oh! by Kevin Henkes
Quiet! by Paul Bright
Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua
Toto Trouble: Back to Crass by Thierry Coppée
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

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The February 2017 Gap
Seven narrative ways to travel
Thanks for the Memoirs

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Akata Witch: 02/24/17

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor is an urban fantasy set in Aba, Nigeria. Sunny was born in New York but is living now in Aba. She wants as normal a life as possible, but it's difficult being the new kid and an albino — especially in a place where albinism is associated with witchcraft.

Going into the book I really expected the focus to be entirely on the bullying aspect of Sunny's life. It's a YA novel, so that sort of plot is to be expected. Thankfully, though, it isn't.

Instead, there's a mystery about children going missing and the parents being understandably upset. Fears over the regularity of these disappearances compels the adults in the town to put strict curfews on their children's lives and force them to walk together in pairs or groups.

It's that fear that forces Sunny to be closer with a group of her peers. And then something wonderful happens. Sunny becomes part of an ancient society of magic users. Her magic, though, isn't tied to her albinism but it is part of her family heritage.

In terms of the over all feeling of the story, it reminds me of the animé Rewind, without the time travel aspect, with perhaps a smattering of Stranger Things. Sunny and her friends as children are underestimated by the adults and hunted by one of them. Yet they have the power and knowledge to save themselves and the most recent victims.

Although I went into this book somewhat reluctantly, I ended up enthralled, finishing it over the course of a single afternoon.

Five stars

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Comment #1: Thursday, March 02, 2017 at 15:33:04

Jenna @ Falling Letters

I've been meaning to check out this author for years. I tried one of her adult novels but wasn't in the mood for it at the time. I think I might have better luck with this one.



Comment #2: Thursday, March 02, 2017 at 14:21:53

Pussreboots

It's the only one of hers I've tried. I am planning though to read the sequel.